Monday, April 23, 2012

That's a Map!

Get it? Like "That's a Wrap!" (Not like someone exclaiming "That's a map!" in one of those "Duh, dude, I can see that" moments.)

I use this punny title not only because I bought an awesome giant map for $15 (see below), but also because said map has essentially completed our living room decor (minus the inevitable tiny tweaks like rearranged tchotchkes, holiday decor, etc.). So that's a wrap on that area in our apartment, all thanks to this guy:

I spotted this big framed beauty at a local thrift store last week and snatched it up. I've been keeping an eye out for a large map for a while, and I did some quick phone research to find that the very same map was retailing for $49.95 unframed! So I knew I had to buy it. To give you a big idea of how large the map is, I set it on our large futon:

After lusting after this living room from Restored Style, I knew I wanted to hang the map on our large living room wall:


I had previously hung three travel-themed prints on the same wall, but they looked a little dwarfed because the wall itself is so large.

So I just popped the map onto the existing middle nail, and voila! 

The map is actually a special edition in honor of the 100 year anniversary of National Geographic!

I had to take a few close-ups of my favorite states:

I just love how the Missouri River's headwaters are in Montana--it connects me to home!

You might notice that we already sort of had a travel theme in the room. My generous mother bought us these wonderful Missouri and Montana pillows from Uncommon Goods as well as a custom puzzle of our hometown--you can see one of the pillows on our ottoman below, and the puzzle to the left of the map.

I relocated the prints to our dining room, above our sideboard:

And then I moved the scrapbook papers that used to be our sideboard to above our entry bookshelf. One of the frames for the papers was actually glass-less, so I just didn't hang it. (Please ignore the bag of trash by our door, ha!)

I love the look of our new map, and I have a feeling that I'll be adding more map/travel-related decor once we get a larger place. We have a sort of tradition of buying prints when we're on trips (like this one from a February trip to Seattle, and the Missoula print below it), so it would be fun to display them in a gallery wall like so:


I also love the look of these map coasters--they'd be an easy DIY!


This Missouri art from Curiously Wrought is officially on my wishlist. I love it!


And this map art is a classic--I've seen it floating around on Pinterest a billion times. I might have to make one--a Missouri heart, a Montana heart, and maybe a Banff heart since we're honeymooning there?


Tonia from The Gunny Sack created a rolled map wreath, and it turned out lovely!


My bloggy friend Kristin from Our Washington Life has a self-professed map fetish, and I love her map gallery wall!


I also love the colors and mix of prints in this map gallery wall. I love this color scheme for a nursery (waaaay in the future!)


And Sherry and John from Young House Love have a wonderful map cork board to commemorate their trips together. Although, I must suggest that they visit Montana and Missouri, the two best states in the USA (ha!):


Any other map-lovers out there?

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  1. I love reading your blog and seeing what you are up to in your life :)

    I also LOVE maps. I made my boyfriend a corkboard map like the one from YHL for our anniversary, and we also bought some really great prints from our New Years 2011 trip to the Grand Canyon and our New Years 2012 trip to Zion- we're hoping to continue that tradition.

    I also have a sweet globe from Goodwill... It has the USSR on it and I couldn't resist buying it.

  2. So jealous of your new map like only a fellow map-lover would be ; ) Thanks for the shout-out too!

  3. I love your new map, what a great find! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
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